Power Equipment Australasia

Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia are pleased to provide the articles contained in this publication to keep its subscribers up to date on issues which may be relevant to their businesses. This publication is supplied strictly on the condition that Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia , its employees, agents, authors, editors and consultants are not responsible for any deficiency, error, omission or mistake contained in this publication, and Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia , its employees, agents, authors, editors and consultants hereby expressly disclaim all liability of whatsoever nature to any person who may rely on the contents of this publication in whole or part. Published by GLENVALE PUBLICATIONS A.B.N. 31 218 591 688 11 Rushdale St, Knoxfield VIC 3180 PO Box 50, Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 9544 2233 Fax: (03) 9543 1150 Editor: Elaine Sharman Phone: 0411 550 808 Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Sub Editor: Jackie Joy Journalists: Jackie Joy John Power Gary Fooks ADVERTISING Elaine Sharman Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Mobile: 0411 550 808 ACCOUNTS Melissa Graydon Email: melissa.graydon@glenv.com.au SUBSCRIPTIONS Melissa Graydon $60.50 – 6 issues subs@glenv.com.au ART, PRODUCTION AND ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS Justin Carroll PageSet Australia Phone: (03) 9544 2233 PRINTING Southern Impact Pty Ltd 181 Forster Road,Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 8796 7000 EDITOR’S COLUMN I am a keen advocate for sustainable practices and conscientious consump- tion in the way one spends hard earned dollars on homes, clothing, equipment, vehicles and power tools. Consider the carbon footprint of transportation of goods, buying local instead of products from the other side of the world if your budget allows. With the COVID-19pandemic impacting human activities and in turn energy use and resulting (CO2) emissions, a positive outcome has been an abrupt 8.8% decrease in global CO2 emissions in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. The magnitude of this decrease is larger than during previous economic downturns or World War II. Just two simple visual examples are:- the canals in Venice are clear with rumors of dolphins frolicking, Otters came out of hiding in Singapore playing in the waterways. With this comes the realization that the way we live day to day, holiday and travel has a collective global impact. This gives me hope that all is not lost and nature has the ability to re-calibrate. Nationally, Australia is approaching the much dreaded fire season, and now is not the time to be complacent, as advised by Warwick Lorenz,in his article- Act early to be bushfire ready on page22 Gary Fooks has interviewed author Paddy Manning on Climate change and the horrific firestorms of 2019/20, with a pragmatic approach for preparation. Stihl has shared their work with Disaster Relief Australia who deploy the skills of military veterans, proving once again that the Anzac spirit continues to prevail on pages 26&27. In Operator Profile – John Power speaks with the South Australian Country Fire Authority on how they plan and co-ordinate for fire season as well as the equipment they use on pages 24&25. Jackie Joy continues the recurring theme in her Dealer profile with David and Jade Forman of Peter Hill Honda on their dealership where they advise on equip- ment to have on hand for fire protection preparation. Clearing properties of fuel involves cutting back, with this in mind Stihl has contributed this issue’s safety article regarding chainsaw safety on pages 30&31. Techtalk on page 19 covers the features and benefits of the Vanguard EFI engines with Oil guard, contributed by Briggs & Stratton. For Product Review Jackie interviews a happy and satisfied iMOW owner on the advantages of having a robot to mow the lawn on page 23. To end on a positive, this year’s Review Preview is particularly upbeat for our media partners as reported in their articles from pages 5-15. Jo Katsos our marketing guru has encouraged a paradigm shift in the way we conduct our business as well as the importance of contin- gency plans on pages 28 &29. As we draw to the close of 2020, I reflect back to the Black Death of the 1300s the end of which created a profound change in wide ranging social, economic, cultural and religious beliefs. These changes led to the emergence of the Renaissance one of the greatest epochs of art, architecture and literature in human history. So with hope and a prayer for a COVID-free world let’s embrace the positive lessons we have learned to take with us to the future. Stay safe and well, and that’s a wrap for the Nov/Dec issue. Best Wishes for the Season from all of us at P.E.A. Elaine Sharman Editor